Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Where Were They 150 Years Ago?

It’s Saturday, and Randy over at Genea-Musings has issued another challenge for his readers!

Tonight’s challenge is “Where Were They 150 Years Ago?”; follow these three steps to accomplish it:

1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1863 - 150 years ago.

2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence, and does the residence still exist? How many do you have in each generation living in January 1863?

3) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Here are my ancestral families:

• My paternal 2x great grandparents, Paul Janvry dit Belair (1822-1902) and Angélique Lalonde (1818-1900), resided in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, Gatineau County, Quebec with their children, including my great-grandfather Pierre Janvry dit Belair (1851-1941). I have a photograph of their residence, and it existed as late as 1986 when I last visited it. The property is a short distance from town.

Belair family home in Ste-Cecile-de-Masham in Quebec
Belair family home, Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, QC (1986)

• My paternal 2x great grandparents, Ménésippe Meunier (1829-1883) and Louise Drouin (ca 1835-1890), resided in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, Gatineau County, Quebec with their children, including their daughter my great-grandmother Angélina Meunier (1855-1896). I don’t know if they lived in town or on a property outside of town.

• My paternal 2x great grandparents, Olivier Vanasse (1832-1914) and Elisabeth Frappier (ca 1832-1909), resided in Chapeau or Chichester, Pontiac County, Quebec with their children. The family lived on some property outside of town, but I don’t know where it was located.

• My paternal 2x great grandparents, Joseph Vanasse (1838-1897) and Marie Guérard (1840-1917), resided in Chapeau or Chichester, Pontiac County, Quebec with their children, including my great-grandmother Elisabeth Vanasse (1862-1947). I’m not sure where their home was located.

• My maternal 2x great-grandfather, Joseph Léveillé (1839-1922) and his first wife (not my ancestor) Marguerite Gauthier, resided in Embrun, Russell County, Ontario. They just married that previous October in Embrun, but I don’t know exactly where they lived.

• My paternal 3x great-grandmother, Scholastique St-Michel (1797-1864), widow of my 3x great-grandfather Pierre Janvry, resided in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, Gatineau County, Quebec. She might have lived with her youngest unmarried children by her first husband, or with them and her unmarried stepchildren in town or on a property near there.

• My paternal 3x great-grandmother, Adélaïde Larose (1796-1881), widow of my 3x great-grandfather Jean-Baptiste Meunier, resided possibly in Montreal, Quebec with her married son Pierre Meunier and his family, where she appeared on the 1861 census. I don’t know where their home was located.

• My paternal 3x great-grandparents, Pierre Drouin (1805-1894) and Reine Poirier (1806-1892), resided in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, Gatineau County, Quebec with their youngest, unmarried children. I don’t know where their home was located.

• My paternal 3x great-grandparents, Régis Vanasse (1807-1880) and Josephte Messier (1808-1893), resided in Yamaska, Yamaska County, Quebec. I don’t know where their home was located.

• My paternal 3x great-grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Guérard (ca 1814-after 1869), widower of my 3x great-grandmother Euphrosine Laronde, resided on Ile des Allumettes, Pontiac County, Quebec, alone when I last located him.

• My maternal 3x great-grandmother, Elisabeth (Isabelle) Lemieux (ca 1809-1891), widow of my 3x great-grandfather François Desgroseilliers, resided in St-Jean-Chrysostôme, Châteauguay County, Quebec with her children, including my 2x great-grandfather Pierre Desgroseilliers (1841-1904). I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 3x great-grandparents, Narcisse Lepage (1827-1883) and Flavie Moquin (1827-1889), resided in St-Jean-Chrysostôme, Châteauguay County, Quebec with their children, including my 2x great-grandmother Flavie Lepage (1847-1906). I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 3x great-grandparents, Jean-Baptiste Léveillé (1792-1861/1871), if still living, and Adélaïde Coderre (1806-after 1880), resided possibly in Russell County, Ontario. I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 3x great-grandparents, Joseph Racette (1807-1879) and Marcelline Gagnon (1831-1918), resided in Limoges or Embrun, Russell County, Ontario, with their children, including my 2x great-grandmother Cordélia Racette (1849-1928). I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 3x great-grandfather, Charles Beauvais (1811-after 1900) and his second wife (not my ancestor) Madeleine Miron, resided in Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario or possibly Ripon, Papineau County, Quebec, with his children, including my 2x great-grandfather Pierre Beauvais (1838-ca 1896). I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 3x great-grandparents, Joseph Deschatelets (1813-1889) and Angélique Caillé (1815-1905), resided in St-André-Avellin, Papineau County, Quebec or possibly Ripon, Papineau County, Quebec, with their children, including my 2x great-grandmother Arline Deschatelets (ca 1845-1923). I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 3x great-grandparents, Jean-Baptiste Hotte (1817-1884) and Archange Sigouin (1823-1885), resided in St-André-Avellin, Papineau County, Quebec with their children, including my 2x great-grandfather Louis Hotte (1844-1923). I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 3x great-grandparents, Pierre Lacasse (1802-1865/1871) and Thérèse Durgey (1810-1900), resided in St-André-Avellin, Papineau County, Quebec, with their children including my 2x great-grandmother Marguerite Lacasse (1839-1907). I don’t know where their home was located.

• My paternal 4x great-grandmother, Agathe Forcier (1789-1866), widow of my 4x great-grandfather Régis Vanasse, resided in Yamaska, Yamaska County, Quebec with her married son Alexandre Vanasse and his family. I don’t know where their home was located.

• My paternal 4x great-grandmother, Josephte Adam (ca 1789-after 1832), widow of my 4x great-grandfather Charles Messier, if still living, resided possibly in Sorel, Richelieu County, Quebec, where I last located her.

• My paternal 4x great-grandparents, Toussaint Laronde (ca 1783-1846/1870) and Marie Kekijicakoe (ca 1793-1846/1870), if still living, resided on Ile des Allumettes, Pontiac County, Quebec, where I last located them.

• My maternal 4x great-grandfather, François Desgroseilliers (1783-after 1839), widow of my 4x great-grandmother Louise Roy, if still living, resided possibly in Ste-Martine, Châteauguay County, Quebec, where I last located him.

• My maternal 4x great-grandparents, Toussaint Lepage (1798-1878) and Catherine Longtin (1804-1890), resided in St-Jean-Chrysostôme, Châteauguay County, Quebec with their younger, unmarried children. I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 4x great-grandmother, Marie-Louise Tougas (1787-1866), widow of my 4x great-grandfather Alexis Moquin, resided in St-Jean-Chrysostôme, Châteauguay County, Quebec. I don’t know where her home was located.

• My maternal 4x great-grandmother, Marguerite Ducasse (1804-1872), widow of my 4x great-grandfather Charles Gagnon, resided possibly in Embrun, Russell County, Ontario with one of her married children. I don’t know where her home was located.

• My maternal 4x great-grandmother, Marie Desanges Guyon (1773-after 1860), widow of my 4x great-grandfather Etienne Beauvais, if still living, resided in St-Jérôme, Terrebonne County, Quebec with one of her married sons and his family where I last located her.

• My maternal 4x great-grandmother, Josephte Gauthier (1789-1876), widow of my 4x great-grandfather Pierre Huot, resided in Terrebonne, Terrebonne County, Quebec with her unmarried daughter, her second husband if still living, and her unmarried stepchildren. I don’t know where their home was located.

• My maternal 4x great-grandparents, Joseph Caillé (1793-1865) and Angélique Houle (1793-1867), resided in St-André-Avellin, Papineau County, Quebec possibly with one of their children. Their home might have been located on the Côte St-André section of the town, where they resided on the 1851 census.

• My maternal 4x great-grandmother, Marie Desanges (Angélique) Chatillon (1789-1879), widow of my 4x great-grandfather Louis Hotte (who died one month earlier on 1 December 1862), resided in Grenville, Argenteuil County, Quebec. Their home was a one-story log house, in which they lived alone on the 1861 census.

• My maternal 4x great-grandfather, Pierre Sigouin (1787-after 1860), widower of my 4x great-grandmother Catherine Carré, if still living, resided in Ripon, Papineau County, Quebec where I last located him.

• My maternal 4x great-grandmother Marguerite Carpentier (ca 1782-1874), widow of François Durgey, resided in Papineauville, Papineau County, Quebec with a married daughter and her family. I don’t know where their home was located.

I have these generations living in January 1863: 

• 3 great-grandparents (all in Quebec)

• 16 second great-grandparents (15 in Quebec, 1 in Ontario)

• 20 (possibly 21) third great-grandparents (18 in Quebec, 2 in Ontario)

• 10 (possibly 16) fourth great-grandparents (9 in Quebec, 1 in Ontario)

That makes 49 (possibly 56) ancestors living in January 1863, 150 years ago.

I’ve posted my ancestral families in my blog and left a comment at Genea-Musings!

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